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1. WO2008021818 - SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DRIVING A LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY TO REDUCE AUDIBLE NOISE LEVELS

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CLAIMS
What is claimed is:
1. A video display system comprising:
a thin film transistor liquid crystal display panel having a plurality of gate electrodes, a plurality of source electrodes, and a common electrode; and
a common electrode function generator coupled to the liquid crystal display panel configured to generate a voltage waveform to drive the common electrode at a plurality of frequencies.

2. The video display system of claim 1, wherein the plurality of gate electrodes comprises a plurality of rows of electrodes and the waveform generated by the common electrode function generator comprises a plurality of frames, each frame comprising a plurality of row segments, each row segment being associated with a selected one of the plurality of rows of electrodes.

3. The video display system of claim 2, wherein the waveform generated by the common electrode function generator drives the common electrode at a first frequency during a first row segment of the waveform and drives the common electrode at a second frequency during a second row segment of the waveform.

4. The video display system of claim 3, wherein the first row segment and the second row segment are within a selected one of the plurality of frames of the waveform and the second row segment occurs after the first row segment.

5. The video display system of claim 4, wherein each of the plurality of frames comprises a first number of the first row segments and a second number of the second row segment, wherein the first frequency is greater than the second frequency if the first number of the first row segments is less than the second number of the second row segments, and the second frequency is greater than the first frequency if the second number of the second row segments is less than the first number of the first row segments,
wherein within a first of the plurality of frames, the first number of the first row segments is less than the second number of the second row segments and the first frequency is greater than the second frequency, and within a second of the plurality of frames, the second number of the second row segments is less than the first number of the first row segments and the second frequency is greater than the first frequency, and
wherein each of the plurality of frames further comprises a third number of third row segments, the waveform generated by the common electrode function generator drives the common electrode at a third frequency during the third row segments, the third frequency is greater than each of the first and second frequencies if the third number of third row segments is less than each of the first number of the first row segments and the second number of the second row segments, and each of the first and second frequencies is greater than the third frequency if each of the first number of the first row segments and the second number of the second row segments is less than the third number of third row segments.

6. A method comprising:
providing a thin film transistor liquid crystal display panel having a plurality of gate electrodes, a plurality of source electrodes, and a common electrode; and
driving the common electrode at a first frequency during a first portion of a selected one of a plurality of frames of operation of the thin film transistor liquid crystal display and driving the common electrode at a second frequency during a second portion of the selected one of the plurality of frames of operation of the thin film transistor liquid crystal display panel.

7. The method of claim 6, wherein said driving of the common electrode at the second frequency occurs after said driving of the common electrode at the first frequency,
wherein each of the plurality of frames comprises a first number of first row segments associated with a first of the plurality of gate electrodes and a second number of second row segments associated with a second of the plurality of gate electrodes and further comprising driving the first of the plurality of gate electrodes during said driving of the common electrode at the first frequency and driving the second of the plurality of gate electrodes during said driving of the common electrode at the second frequency, and
wherein the first frequency is greater than the second frequency if the first number of the first row segments is less than the second number of the second row segments, and the second frequency is greater than the first frequency if the second number of the second row segments is less than the first number of the first row segments.

8. A mobile communications device comprising:
a housing; and
a video display subsystem comprising:
a thin film transistor liquid crystal display panel coupled to the housing having a plurality of gate electrodes, a plurality of source electrodes, and a common
electrode;
a common electrode function generator coupled to the liquid crystal display
panel configured to generate a voltage waveform to drive the common electrode at a plurality of frequencies;
a row sequencer configured to demultiplex the waveform onto the plurality of gate electrodes; and
a column address decoder configured to synchronize display information with
the row sequencer.

9. The mobile communications device of claim 8, wherein the waveform generated by the common electrode function generator comprises a plurality of frames, each frame comprising a first number of first row segments and a second number of second row segments, each row segment being associated with a selected one of the plurality of gate electrodes.

10. The mobile communications device of claim 9, wherein the common electrode function generator drives the common electrode at a first frequency during the first number of first row segments and drives the common electrode at a second frequency during the second number of second row segments,
wherein the first frequency is greater than the second frequency if the first number of the first row segments is less than the second number of the second row segments, and the second frequency is greater than the first frequency if the second number of the second row segments is less than the first number of the first row segments,
wherein each of the plurality of frames further comprises a third number of third row segments, the waveform generated by the common electrode function generator drives the common electrode at a third frequency during the third row segments, the third frequency is greater than each of the first and second frequencies if the third number of third row segments is less than each of the first number of the first row segments and the second number of the second row segments, and each of the first and second frequencies is greater than the third frequency if each of the first number of the first row segments and the second number of the second row segments is less than the third number of third row segments, and
wherein the plurality of gate electrodes comprise between 100 and 800 rows of electrodes, and the first, second, and third frequencies are not greater than 20 kHz.